A clip from on ongoing project exploring the “secret” life of the sodium ion and the nucleus of a nerve cell—just one part of the phenomenal fundamental neurobiological wizardry inside us all.
This short silent film is one of my first. It was shot on a Kodak Our Gang Super 8mm silent film camera using celluloid cartridges that lasted about 3 minutes. My friend Andy and I went down to the “dead end” at the end of our block and shot this action scene.
Most, if not all, of the scene editing (changing perspective, etc.) was done using the start and stop button on the camera.
When it was finished, I picked the Cantina scene music from the Star Wars vinyl album I owned. I re-recorded it onto cassette tape and when I showed this film (including once to my sixth grade class at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia), I would start the projector and simultaneously start the cassette tape player and create the experience you see above for the viewer.
This film is circa about 1979-80. I was about 11 or 12 years old. I think this is a fitting first post here.